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[froo-jiv-er-uh s]
  1. fruit-eating, as certain bats.
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Origin of frugivorous

1705–15; < Latin frūgi-, combining form of frūx fruit + -vorous
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Examples from the Web for frugivorous

Historical Examples

  • Again, the frugivorous orang-outang is said to be more than a match for the African lion.

    No Animal Food

    Rupert H. Wheldon

  • The apes are frugivorous animals, though not exclusively so.

    Man And His Ancestor

    Charles Morris

  • These apes are still arboreal and frugivorous, as their remote ancestors were.

    Man And His Ancestor

    Charles Morris

  • Their selection of nutriment is frugivorous, granivorous, insectivorous, and vermivorous.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • Those with hooked-bill are carnivorous and predatory or frugivorous.

British Dictionary definitions for frugivorous


  1. feeding on fruit; fruit-eating
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Word Origin

C18: from frugi- (as in frugal) + -vorous
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Word Origin and History for frugivorous


from Latin frugi-, stem of frux "fruit, produce," related to fructus (see fruit) + -vorous.

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